Kirk makes appearance in evidence tampering case

A Frankford, Mo. woman who admitted at trial that she tried to destroy evidence used to convict her lover of murder will face the judge Wednesday during a preliminary hearing.

Rebecca Jeanne Kirk, 40, was charged in December in Pike County with two felony counts of tampering with evidence.

Kirk has been free on bond since December.

The affidavit alleges that Kirk damaged or tried to destroy a rifle, ammunition and clothing at the request of Calvin Duane Pettey on April 15th of 2010.

Pettey was having an affair with Kirk even as he was engaged to Sandra Fugate of Hannibal. He was convicted in June of murdering Fugate on the same day Petty admitted the murder to Kirk. The killing happened just two days before Petty and the victim were to be married.

He was sentenced to life in prison.

Kirk admitted on the witness stand at Petteyâ??s trial that she followed through on the defendantâ??s request to destroy evidence.